It’s the culmination of physical effort. All the running, arm pumping and gasping for breath comes down to this moment. Sixteen members of the Las Vegas Heat Youth Track Club are competing in the Junior Olympics through Sunday at Cessna Stadium in Wichita, Kan.
Dozens of people pleaded with the North Las Vegas City Council at its July 20 meeting not to close the community’s recreational centers to make up for the city’s budget shortfalls. The young and the gray-haired spent more than two hours discussing what would happen if the centers closed their doors, painting a bleak picture of unhappy, unhealthy seniors who might go hungry and teenagers who might resort to criminal activity when their time isn’t filled by arts, sports and music classes.
Mayra Politis has less than 90 days to come up with enough money to save her downtown business The Attic Vintage Clothing Company, 1025 S. Main St., which has been a staple on the Main Street business corridor for 22 years. The NV Energy substation explosion last year delivered the shop a crippling financial blow.
In the northernmost point of North Las Vegas, immersed in the dry desert climate 300 miles from the nearest ocean, saltwater shrimp are thriving. The 30,000-square-foot Blue Oasis Pure Shrimp Farm opened at the beginning of the month in the Kapex area of the city, 30 miles north of the Strip. The $5 million farm aims to produce fresh, sustainable, white shrimp from pond to plate to a majority of the west coast.
The Swingers Club is scheduled to open Aug. 24 at the Plaza, 1 Main St. The Las Vegas City Council swore in new elected officials and NV Energy plans a Senior Energy Assistance Expo at the Cashman Center in this week’s Downtown Neighborhood News
Lucy Keaton helped transform what was one of the lowest performing elementary schools in Las Vegas into an exemplary turn around school, the state’s highest academic designation. During the six years Keaton has been at the school, Hewetson has met adequate yearly progress standards four years running and had gains of at least 10 percent in student achievement on standardized tests every year.
Sandra Ransel is enthusiastic about her job helping nontraditional students earn their diplomas. Her hard work recently earned her recognition as an “Unsung Hero.”
Lida Kilchenko starts her freshman year at UNLV this fall, but she’s already completed her first major commission, a mural at Teri Lyn Vander Heiden’s Senior Smart House in the foothills of Frenchman Mountain.
Months after an unsuccessful run for the mayor’s job, city of Las Vegas Ward 6 Councilman Steve Ross could lose his current position if a local group gets its way.